Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense

Stop Making Sense (1984)
Stop Making Sense poster Rating: 8.4/10 (7,720 votes)
Director: Jonathan Demme
Writer: Jonathan Demme, Talking Heads
Stars: Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir, Steven Scales, Lynn Mabry
Runtime: 88 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Documentary, Music
Released: 16 Nov 1984
Plot: An innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads.

David Byrne walks onto the stage and does a solo “Psycho Killer.” Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz join him for two more songs. The crew is busy, still setting up. Then, three more musicians and two back-up singers join the band.

Everybody sings, plays, harmonizes, dances, and runs. They change instruments and clothes. Bryne appears in the Big Suit. The backdrop is often black, but sometimes it displays words, images, or children’s drawings. The band cooks for 18 songs, the lyrics are clear, the house rocks. In this concert film, the Talking Heads hardly talk, don’t stop, and always make sense.


1. Psycho Killer 1:41 – 6:25
2. Heaven 6:43 – 10:25
3. Thank You for Sending Me an Angel 10:37 – 12:45
4. Found a Job 12:55 – 16:21
5. Slippery People 16:48 – 20:58
6. Burning Down the House 21:14 – 25:15
7. Life During Wartime 25:27 – 31:17
8. Making Flippy Floppy 31:53 – 37:00
9 .Swamp 37:05 – 41:33
10. What a Day That Was 41:36 – 48:05
11. This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) 48:09 – 53:34
12. Once in a Lifetime 53:42 – 59:10
13. Genius of Love (Tom Tom Club) 59:26 – 1:04:30
14. Girlfriend Is Better 1:04:32 – 1:09:45
15. Take Me to the River 1:09:46 – 1:17:48
16. Crosseyed and Painless 1:17:53 – 1:25:15
Category: Music